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missing neck feathers?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by StarryEyzz, Sep 14, 2012.

  1. StarryEyzz

    StarryEyzz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 5 pullets. The Russian Orloff and the EE both have this area, under their beak, in neck area....that the feathers/skin seems really loose and appears some feathers are missing. The other three are totally fine.

    any ideas/
     
  2. BethChick78

    BethChick78 Out Of The Brooder

    How old are they exactly?
     
  3. StarryEyzz

    StarryEyzz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They are 5-6 months.
     
  4. terryg

    terryg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had a very good laying hen that lost her feathers on her neck like that. It was always a sign that she was laying. After molt they'd all grow back in, then she'd lose them again. But, look for other causes. Are the hens rubbing the feathers off putting their heads through a fence? Is there sign of irritation?
    I have a a FAQ about feather loss with photos. Maybe you'll recognize something:
    http://hencam.com/faq/bare-butts-feather-loss-and-feather-picking/
     
  5. StarryEyzz

    StarryEyzz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you! They do reach their little necks through the fence. I bet that is it. And those two are the ones that always do it so it makes the most sense.

    :)
     

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